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  • 'The Black Adder'
    DVD review: 'The Black Adder'
    'The Black Adder' is one of the most respected British comedies of all time. This examiner, along with many other people, knows star Rowan Atkinson best as his iconic Mr. Bean character. Exploring this series and catching up on an...
  • Lead singer, Lucas of indie group, 'Tales of Olde' talks Justin Timberlake, the band's origins, and storytelling
    Lucas from indie band, 'Tales of Olde' talks Justin Timberlake and storytelling
    With bright, stirring harmonies, this six part Boston-based band started out as two husband and wife duos made up of Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio on vocals, Ellen on fiddle, and Drew Story on guitar. A rhythm section completes the indie group, &lsquo...
  • Europe's latest 'in' spot: Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
    Europe's latest 'in' spot: Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
    Chances are you don't know much about Cesky Krumlov. Like most Americans, probably nothing. So you might be surprised to learn this tiny town in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic is fast becoming a big draw for tourists from all...
  • Knight Blindness, by Chris Karlsen
    Book Review: ‘Knight Blindness’ by Chris Karlsen
    Knight Blindnessis the third installment in Karlsen’sThe Knights in Timeseries. I have read the first two books and, as always, the author doesn’t disappoint.The story begins at the Battle of Poitiers, France, in 1356. English knight...
  • Emily Balivet fuses medieval and psychedelic in mythological goddess paintings
    Emily Balivet fuses medieval and psychedelic in mythological goddess paintings
    Magic, powerful women, and mythological figures constitute the majority of Emily Balivet's subject matter. Her art offers a view of the feminine divine that blends the stylings of Art Noveau, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Psychedelic Art...
  • Torah! Torah! Torah! To be on view at the Met
    Torah! Torah! Torah! To be on view at the Met
    Beginning October 1, the rare 15th-century handwritten copy of the Mishneh Torah by renowned medieval scholar and rabbi Moses Maimonides will be shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.This is the first time the item will be displayed in New York...
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire worth the visit
    Rennaisance redux in Bristol, WI – fun for all ages
    Upon entering the grounds, a Medieval marketplace appears – almost like Brigadoon rising out of the mist -- offering a step back in time. No electricity. Different wardrobes. It is a different, simpler yet more rugged way of life. Although...
  • On display: Rare, medieval Breton prayerbook
    On display: Rare, medieval Breton prayerbook
    The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library is currently showing an exhibit entitled, “Hour by Hour: Reconstructing a Medieval Breton Prayerbook.” Curated by Dr. David T. Gura, the exhibit showcases his journey to recover and...
  • Russalka
    Explore a unique destination - Tallinn, Estonia
    Tallinn, Estonia is brimming with tradition, art and history. This world of intrigue for all travelers emerged as a trading post along Tallinn Bay in ca 950. A citadel was built on Toompea Hill. Today, Toompea Hill continues to house the Estonian...
  • Australian man holds standoff with police in medieval armor
    Australian man holds standoff with police in medieval armor
    A 43 year old man in a caravan park in Congupna Victoria, Australia reportedly dawned a suit of medieval armor and grabbed a sword today, threatening self-harm. The reports came in that police were in negotiation with the man around 9:30 am their...
  • Three fun books about knights
    Three fun books about knights to add to a medieval study
    Knights are an enduring image from the Middle Ages, and during a medieval unit, children will appreciate hands-on activities that help them learn more about knights. This list contains information on three books that provide interactive, knight...
  • Four party activities for your young knights
    Four party activities for your young knights
    The Middle Ages are a fascinating time period for children, and even though the era spanned about 1,000 years of history, many kids can easily identify their favorite thing about this time period: knights and castles. Therefore, a knight-themed...
  • Frankfurt Book Fair
    'Four Sisters, All Queens', a fascinating medieval soap opera
    Stories about sisters are always juicy and full of drama. But when the sisters are all queens, genuine queens, the rivalry takes on a whole new dimension. The highly praised, historic novel "Four Sisters, All Queens" by Sherry Jones,...
  • Christmas in Philadelphia's gilded age
    Christmas in Philadelphia's gilded age
    Drivingon Huntingdon Pike, just north of Philadelphia in Montgomery County, only the most jaded driver would not be impressed when Glencairn comes into view. The family home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, their nine children, and 50 servants,...
  • Witches as healers
    Witches and healing plants
    The common association of witches with Halloween is that of an old, cackling woman who casts evil spells and may just turn you into a frog or a newt if you so much look at her wrongly; the Wicked Witch of the West, as depicted in the much loved...